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Possibility of new nuclear plant is closer to reality

For the first time in three decades, the Tennessee Valley Authority will seek a license from federal regulators to build a new nuclear power plant.      

The board for the nation's largest utility voted today to seek a Nuclear Regulatory Commission license to build a two-reactor plant at TVA's rural Bellefonte site on the Tennessee River near Hollywood in Jackson County.       

TVA will apply for the license as a partner in a consortium of power companies and reactor manufacturers called NuStart Energy Development LLC.

The consortium will split the projected $50 million initial design cost with the U.S. Department of Energy.

Officials have said a review would likely take about 30 months.

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